SMSF trustees are legally obliged to have their fund audited by an independent SMSF auditor to ensure their ongoing compliance with Australian super legislation. The ATO can impose a range of penalties for non-compliance, depending on the seriousness of the breach.
Set out below are all SuperGuide articles that relate to SMSF administration.
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Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are not a set-and-forget proposition. They require constant tweaking at different life stages to ensure they still suit members’ retirement needs. Here, we explore some of the factors trustees should consider as members progress through their lives.
Self-managed superannuation funds are often referred to as do it yourself funds or DIY Super. But how DIY can they really get? It it even possible to do everything yourself and if you were, how significant would the savings be?
Capital gains and their potential tax liabilities need to be an important part of investment decision making for an SMSF. Careful consideration and planning of when capital gains, and losses, may be realised can have a significant impact on an SMSF’s balance.
An SMSF’s trust deed is one of its most important assets. While legislation sets out what trustees must not do, the trust deed specifies what a trustee is allowed to do. Now’s the time of year to perform the yearly review of the deed.
As an SMSF trustee, Dr Bonham is deeply concerned about the proposed changes to the SMSF audit rules, and the ongoing instability for retirees and future retirees.
After the initial shock has worn off, and now that Treasury has released a discussion paper outlining the proposed three-year audit cycle for SMSFs, it is time to consider how the proposed measures (if adopted) will be rolled out, and how these measures will affect both the SMSF sector and the obligations of SMSF trustees.
Depending on who you believe, self-managed superannuation funds range from being the greatest invention of the modern age or the most likely cause of the next financial crisis.
This article is designed to help those who have to think about this reporting – trustees of, and advisers to, SMSFs. Remember that SMSFs and large funds often have different deadlines when it comes to reporting and TBARs are no different.
It came as quite a shock to many in the industry that the federal government announced a proposal to amend the annual audit requirement for SMSFs. SMSFs (like all superannuation vehicles) are presently required to be audited each year by an ASIC-approved SMSF auditor.